- In Retrospect
Somewhere in Serbia: Two young men without perspectives meet on a park bench. Beer, chauvinistic jokes, conversations about Guy Ritchie movies. An innocent jokes results in a head shot, and a constructed violent frenzy filled with absurdities far from logic takes its course. Ucronia is a genre of fiction that deals with alternative reality and “what if”-scenarios. The end of the film loops back to its beginning, which is told anew. The quarrel does not run out of hand, it does not even happen. The question of how the previously shown violent episodes will play out now remains unanswered. A black comedy about the possibilities of de-escalation, filled with bizarre caricature gangsters.
The film will be presented within the frame of SHORT FILM COMPETITION 2 together with the following productions:
GER/CRO 2014 | 15 min.
Language: Bosnian w. Engl. ST
Director: Una Gunjak
For her birthday, six-year-old Selma gets a living chicken from her father, who is currently serving the army. She now tries to save her present from ending up in the cooking pot. A compelling study of a family’s life under the horrors of war.
POL 2014 | 24 min.
Language: Polish w. Engl. ST
Director: Daniel Wawrzyniak
Albert leads a heteronomous life in an undisclosed factory. An above all visually impressive story of the longing for life in an industrial society, which is dominated by lifelessness.
UKR 2013 | 29 min.
Language: Ukrainian w. Engl. ST
Director: Ruslan Batytskyi
When an attractive new teacher arrives in a small Ukrainian town, a tremendously dynamic series of events is triggered. The hatred of young mine workers, accumulated in years without prospect, explodes in striking pictures of violence and destruction.
GER/LAT 2013 | 16 min.
Language: Russian w. Engl. ST
Director: Pyotr Magnus Nedov
As usual, two criminals collect protection money from a Jewish shop owner, when the situation suddenly deescalates. A superbly cynical reckoning with the sheer ignorance of the authorities; one that is all too accurate in many places of the world.
Invisible Spaces (Ukhilavi sivrtseebi)
GEO/USA 2014 | 10 min
Language: Georgian w. Engl. ST
Director: Dea Kulumbegashvili
The morning routine of a priest’s wife: breakfast, prayers, taking care of her husband. A silent glimpse on domestic hierarchies in a religious patrimony and the resulting emotional standstill.
Short Film Competition
OV with English Subtitles